2002 Toyota Corolla - LE (M5)
Pros: The stereo and the dashboard (feel like an expensive car)
Cons: Alloy wheels and cruise control are options.
Advice: Test drive all the cars in this class and make your own judgement. I ended up with Civic anyway.2003 Corolla isn't any bigger than the previous model. Of course, it appears to be bigger than the previous generation, but the interior is still somewhat the same size. Why it looks bigger? Because there is lots of gaps inside the hood. There is not much leg room (Civic has more leg room which is really comfortable) in the front but the back is fine. No map/magazine holders. The switch for the interior lamp moved to the dashboard (driver's side). It's good forthe driver, but it can be pain in the butt if you're the passenger who eventually have to ask the driver to turn on the light for you. Backseat is somewhat tight but Civic's backseat is more comfortable (I tested drive Civic and Corolla on the same day) The engine makes a louder noise than Civic. The suspension in both cars is reallt nice; smooth and quiet. I tested Hyundai as well, but I dismissed it because the dealer is too far away; even though it's a really great car. Well, I don't know what else to tell ya, so I guess that's it. :-)
2002 Toyota Highlander - Base AWD
Pros: The confident comfort in driving the Highlander. Safety.
Cons: Less than ideal place for cell phone or Whopper.
Advice: It has a very high potential for reliability and resale.Several weeks of first driving the Highlander in city traffic were pure joy. Having just driven the Limited AWD over 1,700 miles on 65 mph often windy interstates into remote snow swept and muddy areas of Canada, my joy now approaches ecstacy. The braking systems and skid control performed amazingly well. Now if you're into boulder busting or axle threatening military maneuvers, this is not quite what you're looking for. Still, it's tough and more than capable for taking an overly laden kid scout troop to a campsite. Lightly or fully loaded this is an equally capable and comfortable transporter for 'roughing it.' As for the driver, I'm over 6'5' and, even with the moon roof, I fit quite nicely. So too does the more than ample storage for even a fairly large flea market vendor. Grasping for negatives ... Toyota has not yet, even with the newly included center console, provided an ideal place to put a cell phone or have a good flat fast foods holding type surface. As for outside appearance (low on my list of priorities,) I wasn't much impressed at first. Many strangers oft coming over to me may be changing my mind. They seem to 'love' the way it looks. Supposedly it looks 'very cool.' Anyway, in no way do I regret this purchase. The Highlander is a wonderfully comforting multi purpose vehicle. It's features, ride and handling appear to be the ultimate currently available compromise for those looking for a safe and large capacity type station wagon. Perhaps this should be kept quiet so that most everyone isn't driving the same car?
2002 Toyota RAV4 - (M5) AWD
Pros: homie and quick reaction vehicle
Cons: overpriced since this is the smallest SUV around.
Advice: cr-v or x-terra but if your budget is only 20,000 then buy it.I checked out other SUV's I finally settled for this SUV and it rides very good, as we know mechanically they are good, but overpriced for an SUV.I find that toyota steals your money the highest among others but it is a good ride.Fits anywhere. the lowest based priced SUV around but if I only had another 1,000 dollars I'd settled for an x-terra or honda cr-v.
2002 Toyota Avalon - XLS w/Bucket
Pros: seats and handling
Cons: odometer visibility and size of the sun visors
Advice: make certain that you know the options which are available and know that the ones you desire are present on the vehical you are looking at.drives like a champion. odometers impossible to read while driving. this makes it hard to follow driving directions at night on country roads. compares well with our 1996 cad sedan deville in almost all respects.
2002 Toyota Camry - LE V6 (A4)
Pros: V6 Engine - very quiet and smooth; 4 speed automatic transmission - extremely smooth; Very roomy
Advice: Have a test drive your self.Execellent car. It is a lot quieter than than all the cars that I have drived in this class. Very smooth ride. Quality is second to none.
2002 Toyota Camry - XLE V6 (A4)
Pros: Trip computer
Cons: Transmission will delay shift (higher rpms) into high 3 & 4 gears until it has warmed up. Takes only a few minutes.
Advice: Autofair of Manchester NH has prices are $200 over invoiceThe ride is extremly smooth on highways and secondary roads. On snow, icy roads the car handled very well. The skid and traction control gave an additional feeling of security. The climate control works very well. The side vents are always on. There is plenty of room for my family of 4 adults. I wanted the six cylinder because of vacation travel including a lot of highway driving. So far I am getting 25 mpg with about 2000 miles on the car on regular gas.
2002 Toyota RAV4 - (M5) AWD
Pros: LOOKS, REPUTATION
Cons: OPTION PKG COMBINATIONS
Advice: IF YOU HAVEN'T OWNED A TOYOTA, YOU WILL LEARN THEY MISS STANDARDS, LIKE AIRCONDITIONING. BUY A 4RUNNER.You cannot configure the car in order to buy, the option package combinations are impossible to figure out. The LIST price becomes very misleading-FAST! Buy a 4runner.